Ask a Question forum: Sweet Potato Issues

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Maryland - D.C. suburb (Zone 7a)
Jan 11, 2017 5:02 PM CST
I'm a new gardener and experienced some issues last summer. I planted some sweet potatoes that grew fine but had bug predation so bad the "havest" was ruined totally. I'm going organic. What can I do about this?
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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Jan 11, 2017 5:25 PM CST
Sweet potatoes for me have few above ground pests except rabbits and deer. I would suggest that your first step is to identify the "bug". There may be an "organic" deterrent. U of Maryland has sweet potato experts which will consult with your county agricultural extension agent. It will pay you to get acquainted with your county agent.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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Jan 11, 2017 9:05 PM CST
I've done well with sweet potatoes as a novice grower of those, but somewhat experienced general gardener. Actually, our weather in 2016 this area was fantastic and I got huge ones. I'd encourage you to try again. Are they in full sun? Bugs on leaves, or in the tubers?
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